Saturday, 17 June 2017

My Dad My Hero !


"A good father is one of the most 
  unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and 
     yet one of the most valuable assets in our society"  
Billy Graham


Mothers always gets their due when it comes to giving birth to the child and nurturing them... We often end up talking about the bond that a child shares with a mother..  But today I am gonna give some credit to fathers too :))

We can't deny that mothers love is the strongest and the ultimate guiding force for the child... Of course mothers gets the credit of carrying the babies, feeding and nurturing during the initial days of birth. Simply because a father dosent have much role to play he takes a backseat... still ensures the well being of the child and the mother and builds a complete support system for mother and the newborn.

I sometimes wonder... There is more than a reason for a child to be attached to a mother but what is it that binds a father to a child... Isn't it miraculous that a child shares the same bond, love and comfort with the father that he shares with the mother. Of course its got to do with science and genes but certainly there is more to it.

Just the way a woman is a woman until she becomes a mother... A man is a man until he becomes a father... That feeling of fatherly love, care, emotions flows in once they become a father and feels pride that the newborn is a part of him. The most loving and assuring thing is the fact 'Its my baby' makes parents just spill their heart out as kids give us identity of being parents...

When I was younger and I heard someone had a baby ... I always thought ok .. cool but what's a great deal about it. Everyone has babies.... I never understood what calls for such a big celebration ... How would I ?

Not just me .. No one can understand that feeling of becoming parents until they experience it themselves. Same goes with fathers.. Mothers are more expressive when it comes to cuddling and loving the baby.. Fathers have a different way of expressing their love through talks, fun and games.

Child gets a sense of security from his father, his presence makes them feel strong and secure. How much ever we talk of a gender bias but one thing is true that a presence of a man beside you makes you feel stronger be it your father, your husband or your son.

But fathers mere presence is not enough for the child.. Father has to work towards building that bond with the child for simple reason that child is surrounded by his mother for most of his daily needs and gets enough time and ways to bond along. Where as fathers working away from home have to take out time and spend few quality hours for the child to cherish those moments and look forward to more of it.

I still remember how my world came to a still in that moment of joy when I delivered my baby... All my views, thoughts, doubts came to an end when I first held him in my arms.

I couldn't believe how those beautiful twinkling eyes spoke so much with his gaze .. I just couldn't take my eyes off him. He was simply adorable to see as a newborn... I had never seen something as beautiful as this ever before.

My husband held him so cautiously and his face lit up like never before. No wonder it's a different feeling to carry your own baby in your arms. Its a miraculous feeling, one can only experience it cannot express enough in words.

It's such an amazing experience to see a just born baby express so much simply through his eyes, hands and leg movements... Just one simple smile can make you feel so much loved and happy..that you yearn for that one little smile all day long.

It's incredible to see how a newly born knows when they are hungry, how they express their uncomfort by crying and desire to be lifted...As if God has been training them all these months..

The way child expresses his desire to go in someone's arm and refuses to stay in some is again unexplainable. How they recognise the touch and warmth of their parents is amusing .. As if they already share a bond with them. Wow ! I just find these little things so amazing.

How his face lights up to see his dad around and his eagerness to go in his arms speaks volumes about how much he long to be with his father. I can clearly see when he misses him while he is away and jumps with joy mere at the mention of his name.

fathers have a heart to heart connection with the child, They unknowingly teach a responsibility, ethics, how to live life and be tough like a man and lot more to a child that they aspire to become just like their fathers.

They are the biggest role models for their children as they might not teach them the way to live life but set an example for them by leading a life they might desire.

I feel blessed to have a husband who turned out to be an even better father. He has always been there and  been equally involved as a parent as much as I do. Yeah! There have been times when he couldn't be by my side due to time constraints and work responsibilities but he has always taken care of our needs and desires even while away. And only we know how much he wants to be around us and miss his family as much we miss him while he is away.

Fathers need to be appreciated as much as mothers do and hence this post is dedicated to all the dads in the world, who are heroes in the eyes of their sons and daughters and even their wives.





         
     "To the World, You are a DAD
                    
        To our Family, You are the WORLD"

                                                                   Happy Father's Day! 




Monday, 12 June 2017

Review - Globe Trotters Box 'Australia'

As a kid did you ever wish to explore the world? If yes how many of us would have got lucky to be able to do so.

Travelling is fun, it's indeed the best form of learning however it isn't practically possible to travel every existing country. But when it comes to kids and their global exposure we don't want our kids to lag behind either. So what's the easiest possible way out?

How about if I say you have a choice of exploring the world sitting within the comforts of your beautiful home and keeping your kids engaged at the same time with some fun learning and play. Sounds interesting isn't it!

Yes I am about to share something that will not only satisfy your desires of travelling the world but will also provide you a hands on experience of living those moments as a traveler.

I have tried many activity boxes for my child but believe me the concept of exposing kids to different countries caught my eye. This is definitely a brilliant way for kids to explore the world and get them to learn as they play. ..

So when I decided to collaborate with the Globe Trotters Box  to review their product, They send us a box of our choice that we picked from the rest. Though my boy had a tough time picking one, he was too excited to see them all but we decided to go with Australia for now.


"Globe Trotters" as the name suggests takes your child on a journey around the world through their uniquely designed activity box..  which is a great way to introduce children to different countries in the world.


So here we go on an adventurous journey through the Australia Box that arrived at our doorstep.







Here's how the box looks from the outside. My little one jumped with joy at the first look of the box and couldn't wait to know what's in there?




This time he jumped even higher to see the very well placed postcard, welcome letter and a passport right beneath. Well I wasn't surprised as I myself was equally thrilled to see a old styled vintage letter welcoming us to Australia. Addressed by the Globe Trotters mascot Moozoos Oyo,Wak and Zu the letter shared information about the country and also a brief of activities that we can look forward to doing in the box.


Check out the passport that looks pretty awesome for a child to own one. Not that he doesn't have one but how many times do they get to play with the real passport. He was so excited to fill in his details and started looking for his pic to stick in there. And I can see how it feels to carry a passport while you are all set to explore another country.


Looking at the contents of the box I can clearly feel the amount of time and thinking that must have gone in designing the box. Globe Trotters Box have made sure they give a child an experience of the place they are exploring through the activities that are the part of the box. Every activity is country based and makes sure it's an overall learning for your little child.

I will take you through all the activities that came along the box and how did we fair in all of those.


Colour Your Own Boomerang Art Kit

To begin with we learned the natives of Australia are called 'Aboriginal' who have been living there for thousands of years. Boomerang is the weapon used by these native people to hunt animals, whereas it's also used to decorate using colourful dots and patterns that specifically referred to as 'Aboriginal art'.





My little one tried his hands at new form of art that he got introduced to through Australian's native that is specifically referred to as Aboriginal art. While colouring his own in the given pattern was fun for him, He enjoyed using it like a boomerang in his own creative style.

Throwing it in a particular style over his toy animals and enacting to hunt them in Aboriginal style.


Make your own Mini Aquarium Kit

Australia, the largest island in the world is home to Great Barrier Reef. Hence Mozoos send us this beautiful looking kit so that we make our own mini Aquarium containing marine animals and fishes.










This was an easy and interesting activity that my son could do independently and was very happy to show me his little Marin world that he created with ease. He has placed this cute little mini Aquarium on his study table and planning to add on more shells that he could easily collect during our next trip to the beach.


Make Your Own Rainstick Kit

'Rainsticks' are aboriginal music instruments made from hollow pipes that sounds like a rainfall. This was the prettiest to look at and honestly I couldn't guess looking at the material that it's gonna turn into some kind of music instrument.



This activity needed some craft work and decoration. With my little help my son was able to make his own beautiful looking 'Rainstick'. A very good activity to improve child's fine motor skills and enhance creativity.


 That wasn't all !  He also insisted on dressing up like an Australian native and sang some songs trying to match up with the music that his rainstick created. Will reveal the look soon .. until then
keep going! 

Aboriginal Symbol Sudoku Puzzle

These symbols are used by natives of Australia to tell a story of their culture. Each symbol has a meaning and can easily convey a message if used correctly.


The activity needed us to stick the symbol stickers on each wooden piece and than solve the different patterns of sudoku puzzles given in the book.







This was an awesome activity. Different from the rest of the activities that threw a challenge at him of solving the puzzles and he loved it. Initially he found it a little unusual but once he could solve the first puzzle, it became more of a fun activity and he ended up having great fun.


Australian Map and Flash Cards 

This was another awesome activity that my child loved. Since he is learning about maps and different locations in the world, this got him interested.














 Locating different places, animals, monuments and famous landmarks on the map given in the flash cards surely enriched his knowledge about Australia. Now he knows every single detail about this largest island in the world. I am super happy to see him learn so much while at play.


Premium Wall Sized World Map and Stickers 

He was truly enthralled to see an illustrated world map. We have already placed it on the wall right next to my little reader's study table.















We had a globe at home but map of this size was on my mind as he is already started with maps and learning about different locations. We had fun playing games asking each other to locate different items from the world map key. We ended up having so much fun doing this activity and it was a great way to spend time together as a family.


Australia Souvenir 

After all the fun, Globe Trotters surprise their little tourists with a souvenir. And here's ours that arrived with the Australia Box, "A Koala Mask"



This was a very thoughtful addition to the kit. How can one's travel be complete without a souvenir. We might have collected many but this certainly belongs to my little boy. He was all happy and excited to have his own koala mask that he can wear all day long.


                                                                   My Review

  • I personally loved the box and more so the concept behind to expose kids to different cultures and countries in the world
  • A very well planned and designed keeping in mind the basics like a welcome letter, a passport makes a great impression on the child who feels important and it gives a real feel to the whole idea.
  • The premium sized world map along with the country map is the perfect way to get kids interested in geography and map reading that eventually helps them learn and locate various countries and continents on the map.
  • Activities are designed keeping in mind the different aspects of the child's imagination and learning, focusing on areas like art, craft, DIY and number puzzles that enhances creativity, fine motor skills, imagination, memory building and most importantly learning about the world.
  • Activities are child friendly and age specific that can be done independently except at some places where parents might want to join in the journey and encourage the child in their creative ways.
  • The box provides all the material that's required for the activities included along with easy instructions followed by pictures stepwise for child's understanding.
  • As far as the learning goes, the country specific details helps the child to visualise the country, its culture and people. It gets the child interested in learning more about the country and surrounding places.

I definitely recommend this activity box to parents who are looking for something different from the regular activity boxes. It's a complete new idea that promises loads of fun and learning.

In fact, I myself would like to explore the other countries along with my child cause we had super fun while touring Australia.

                                          Highlights of our journey to Australia





The Globe Trotters boxes are also available for other countries including US, UK, France, Egypt, Japan, France, Italy and Greece. These can easily be subscribed either on a monthly or an yearly subscription.

For further details you can visit their website www.globetrottersbox.com

So hurry up! and surprise your little one at home with this exciting activity box by Globe Trotters and let their holidays be full of fun and learning. So Lets Create Play Learn!


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Book Review - "UNNS The Captivation" by Sapan Saxena




Theme

A classic tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm. The book is a romantic fiction with a clear mix of love, betrayal, suspense and drama with an interesting end. As the name suggests "Unns"- the captivation, it does keeps you on the edge with twists and turns that are just unpredictable. The book takes you through the different stages of love in a very unique way that was a complete new experience for me as a reader.


Main Characters


Atharva, the protagonist is a sharp, intelligent and a matured boy who falls for Meher during Adolescence. The perfect combination of intelligence, grounded by values and emotions is my favourite character in the book.

Meher, a bold and a strong headed girl with great personality finds her lover in Atharva who was equally fond of her intelligence and beauty.

Professor Miyaz, Dev and Vasu are the other important characters among others who take the story forward as a part for the Raw mission and further on.


Plot

Love strikes them during adolescence and the lovebirds Atharva and Meher starts  spending most part of their lives together. However it didn't last long. Soon they were separated as Meher decides to go by their parents wish who were against their relationship. Meher breaks all her contacts with Atharva and leaves the country with her parents. The whole episode leaves Atharva shattered and heartbroken who was genuinely in love with Meher and dreamt of spending his whole life with her.


Fifteen years later, Destiny brings them together once again. Atharva Rathod a RAW agent meets Meher Qasim during one of his assignments in Germany. Atharva's love for Meher hadn't changed a
bit ... he had lived all those memories from the past in last fifteen years and his love for Meher was still as fresh as it was... When life gave him another chance to win his love after so many years, he couldn't let it go.

They discover everything about each other that had happened in past years... Meher's heartfelt apology for walking away from his life years back strengthened the bond that they shared during school days. Just when Atharva thought he is on the verge of getting the love of his life back ... something happens that changes the course of the story. ... Do they unite and live happily ever after ? Or life has its own plans ? Read to find this captivating tale of love and emotions while they meet and depart due to circumstances .


Review

"Unns- the Captivation" is a beautifully written tale of love and betrayal. Being just the second book of the author, I felt the book is a perfect combination of romance, drama, suspense that offers its readers a thrilling experience. The cover of the book is very well designed by Ajitabha Bose. I personally felt the cover is very captivating and catches readers attention immediately. The name of the chapters got me confused initially, However after reading the book it made complete sense and felt appropriate. The seven stages of love got me thinking too.. I had never heard of those stages but after reading the book, I liked the writers approach towards the in depth emotions of love and its way of expression.

The only thing that confused me about this story was the vague endings and the beginnings of the scenes. Few grammatical glitches could have been avoided looking at the good language of the book. Author has tried to bring an effect of a cinema through his narration however it fails to express the desired result especially while narrating the Raw mission.

Overall, it's a great story for anyone who likes romantic thrillers and contemporary fiction. It will definitely make for a great read for youngsters, couples or anyone who believes in love.


Quotes from the book 

“If the intent is right, why waste time thinking about the consequences.”

“You have been the summary of my entire existence; my biggest weakness, my greatest strength. The weathers of my life start and end with you. You complete me.”

“Sometimes, it’s worth living the dreams, tasks, hopes or ambitions of the people you love, however unjustifiable or stupid they may sound. Sometimes, it’s worth completing what they stood up for. That is the best gift you can give to the people you love."

“That girl who doesn’t even understand my language properly, understands my heart, but the one who should, doesn’t even try”

“I never thought of a future without you. That was the reason I always lived in the present, hoping I would find you someday.”


About the author

The book is authored by Sapan Saxena who is a software engineer by profession and an author by choice. Sapan started writing while his engineering days and penned a fictional story. Unns the captivation is his second attempt of writing fiction. Originally from the city of nawabs, Lucknow, He is currently based in Hampshire and is an acclaimed author of the book Finders, Keepers. The book Unns the captivation is published by Inspire India.

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My review of the book 'UNNS- the captivation' can also be read at
Goodreads and Amazon .

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Product Review - LEGO City Police Tow Truck Trouble



" I am gonna pick up the pieces & build a LEGO HOUSE if things go wrong we can knock it       down."

Well this is the best part about LEGOs. It provides unlimited ways of exploring child's imagination. With a huge variety of plastic bricks available in myriad of colours, it can be assembled to create almost anything that one can imagine. From cars, planes, castles, buildings, superheroes, police to anything possibly one can imagine.

Since the time my little one has explored the world of LEGOs... all he wants is to create bigger and better. The more challenging it gets the better he enjoys.

Legos not only allow kids to bring their imaginations into play but also has many educational benefits. Kids learn to work with instructions in a constructive manner. Assembling the pieces through stacking and interlocking helps improve their critical thinking, attention to detail, organisation skills and motor skills enhancing their creativity.

Legos worldwide acceptance and favouritism is due to its high product quality. The way every Lego piece (brick, gear, figures) is designed speaks of nothing but perfection. The smooth finish and the final look of the product makes it worth all the hard work that goes in putting the pieces together. Hence it's appropriate to say that #LegoBuildAmazing build creative kids with Lego bricks.

Few days back a "LEGO City Police Tow Truck Trouble" arrived in mail and brightened up my son's day. I couldn't thank enough to the team of Mom Bloggers Club India who gave me this opportunity to review this product for them.

Here are the product details... The Multicoloured Tow Truck Trouble set by LEGO City features the following :-

* A Tow truck with movable Tow arm with hook, a safe, police off-road bike and a police Pursuit bike
* Accessory elements include three money bills, a walkie-talkie, wrench, crowbar, welder’s torch, handcuffs, Lollypop stop sign and a jewel
* Includes three minifigures: two police officers and a crook

It's another exciting day at work for LEGO City police while they take on their bikes and speed after a tow truck to track down the crooks and recover the safe. The journey of daring police officers while they chase the robber to arrest and put behind bars can be lived through this LEGO City construction play.


In fact the vehicles like tow truck and bikes are favourites among children especially boys. This goes as an advantage with this product as it contains some of the kids favourite vehicles and figures too.



The product comes with two different packs of LEGO City pieces, an instruction manual and a card of stickers.




The City Tow truck is very well designed and has a stylish look. The Tow arm stretches out and is resizable. Along with hook there is an extra chain stud attached to the tow arm.



The Safe has been given a very neat look with an steering wheel kind of knob on the door. Inside of the Safe is a real looking vault that's loaded with money.




The police motorbikes looks like the latest version of speedy bikes. Styled perfectly with an attached walkie talkie for the cops to track down the robbers.



There are three figures, out of which two are cops in different color themes holding handcuffs and a blow torch and the third one is the robber.





I personally loved the theme of this product. Kids love to play real life games and being a police is like every child's dream. My child is a big fan of such role plays where his imagination and dreams come to become reality through games. My child has always been very fond of police and after seeing this LEGO City set, he was totally thrilled and couldn't wait to explore the fun and the excitement.

Priced at 1749/- this Police Tow Truck Trouble is a good buy for a 5 -7 yr old but isn't the best choice for children aged 7 -12 yrs as mentioned on the box.

I felt the level was a bit too easy for even a seven year old. However my view of the difficulty level is based on the skill sets of my son. Since he has successfully assembled the much difficult and bigger Lego city sets prior to this one, I felt this was a bit too easy for him and it took him hardly an hour assembling all the parts.

I recommend this for kids who have just started out with Lego making and wants to explore a little bigger and better product with an interesting theme.

The above Lego City set "Police Tow Truck Trouble" can be bought online from Amazon India.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Book Review - "Think with Me" by Subrata Roy Sahara




Theme

The book is a sincere effort by the author to surface the harsh realities of our country. Through his book "Think with Me" he makes an honest attempt to reach the roots of  the issues that are bigger than it seems and provides a solution that can help our nation become an ideal one.

The book has been categorically written to emphasise on the major fundamental issues that our country is facing today. Author believes these fundamental problems, if not taken seriously will lead to a national crisis of unimaginable proportion.
   
Plot

Author has presented five fundamental issues that we are facing in India today. The book is divided into 5 portions focusing on each issue at length. Electoral and Leadership being the first and foremost issue that needs amendments. Likewise the other issues that are eating up our country are population, education system, media and religion.

Author tries to give an explanatory view on some of the questions that's been haunting us as citizens for many generations. Where did we go wrong? What happened to the honest Leaders with ethical values we had before independence, whose struggle for freedom was selfless and not a personal motive? Why is our education system so hollow inspite of our rich knowledge resource from ancient India?

The concept of morality and immorality is very well explained by dividing human emotional sphere into I, My, We, We All and Us. According to him there is a need to widen our emotional sphere in order to serve the mankind and bring an overall change in the society.

Author's willingness to bring the change isn't over with the writing of the book, he is open to feedback and suggestions from the people of India and also agrees to provide elaborate plan on each issue to the government if needed. His humble appeal to share views, questions or even disagreements speaks volumes about his genuine efforts towards making India an ideal country.


Review

The book has an appealing title and a decent cover page without making it look too loud. The book is truly inspiring and it invokes a desire in a reader to be able to bring the change for a better life and a better country. Author's writing style is very simple and uncluttered. It's thought provoking and I related to every issue and the agenda that has been brought about by the author. I completely agree that with the loopholes in the system and weak authorities we will reach no where inspite of our rich knowledge resource from the old days.

I would recommend politicians and people in power to read this book and reinforce the ideas discussed in the book. Much can be achieved by strengthening our education and political system. The book definitely is a complete food for thought.

Some references from the book that keeps you thinking!

"Why couldn't we teach people occupying places of responsibility that rights are given to perform genuine duties, not to serve your personal whims, false ego and greed?"

"Our population is flourishing on poor qualifications and low merits. It means we are being defeated in terms of qualitative workforce. This is the biggest reason for our downfall."

"Another worrisome aspect of education or literacy is the lack of good quality teachers. India is short of 12 lac teachers to provide quality education at primary level."


About the Author

The book is authored by Subrata Roy Sahara popularly known as "Saharasri". One of the most successful figures of corporate India and founder of 'Sahara India Pariwar' is a teacher, a guide and a proud guardian to his 1.2 million fellow workers. "Think with Me" is his second book in the 'Thoughts from Tihar' trilogy and is published by Rupa Publications. His first book 'Life Mantras' was a National Bestseller and was among the top 5 best selling books across India.


I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My review of the book "Think with Me" can also be read at Goodreads and Amazon 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Amar Chitra Katha launches "Tinkle Buddy Box" - Product Review

Summer Vacations! The most awaited time of the year for kids and parents too,  just that you have to have it planned the right way!

Kids are full of energy and it doubles up when it's vacation time... It's really important to keep them engaged the right way else it can transform into a total twitchy, cranky mess.

I got lucky this summer with an arrival of this newly launched "Tinkle Buddy Box" that came right in time for holidays. While I was dreading the onset of summer break, trying to figure out the best possible way to keep my little one busy... this amazing new product from Tinkle saved my day.

Amar Chitra Katha needs no introduction. It's been there for generations and is one of the leading children's brands today.



From the house of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle comes this amazing Tinkle buddy box that brings back some of my fondest childhood memories, when all we had were these Tinkle comics to our rescue.

I am so glad they have come up with such an amazing kit for kids to give them a hands on experience of learning and play. I was more than excited to introduce my child to Tinkle that we have grown up reading for all those years. It's a great feeling to share the books of your times with children and relive your childhood memories through them.

Perfectly named "The Tinkle buddy box" is a unique blend of fun activities, learning and play. Aimed at giving children ages six and above an exciting experience through a gamut of activities all through the summer.

One of its kind, Tinkle Buddy box contains a combination of games, puzzles, do-it-yourself arts and crafts, exclusive merchandise, DIY art projects and two mega Tinkle books.












That's not all, The Tinkle board game in the Buddy box features all-time favorite Tinkle characters where one can take a trip across the Tinkle-verse.

The box also features a 108-piece jigsaw puzzle, starring the legendary Shambu, and a Tinkle card game, featuring Tinkle's most popular characters, Suppandi, Shambu and Tantri, which is all about quick reflexes

Exclusive Tinkle merchandise includes four Tinkle button badges, featuring old stalwarts like Suppandi and Shambu and newer Tinkle players like Wingstar and the Defective Detectives

There is also an easy-to-assemble Suppandi Auto rickshaw that kids have to color in, and a foldable Tinkle paper plane that should be a lot of fun to fly.

If that isn't enough D-I-Y, the box comes with a 16-page booklet, packed with the covers with another 12 DIY projects.






Of course, no Tinkle box would be complete without iconic Tinkle stories, and to this end, the Buddy Box comes with two mega Tinkle books; the annual Tinkle Holiday Special, and a brand new Tinkle Super Special, which is a Buddy Box exclusive.


With so much to do, I am completely relieved of any tension of keeping my child engaged during the school holidays.

The activity box is very well designed keeping in mind the age factor and the learning capabilities of the child.The box is a great blend of fun, learning, art and craft, reading, colouring, diy projects, puzzles and much more. The entire amalgamation of games and activities focus on different types of skills required to be used by the child. Learning and enhancing skill sets is definitely one of the major focuses behind this activity box along with fun and play.

Not to forget the tales of Suppandi will leave your child amused with some healthy humour keeping their interest in reading books too!




My son is already thrilled with the contents of the box and look forward to doing so much more everyday. With a never ending games and activities in The Tinkle buddy box the holidays won't seem longer any more.


Benefits

A great way to keep the child constructively engaged during summer holidays.

A perfect way to enhance child's knowledge, develop various skill sets and creativity.

An interesting way to keep the child's attention away from gadgets and television that does no good.

A fun filled opportunity to get together with friends while exploring the activity box, enhances team learning.

Most importantly, Parents get their 'Me time' too while the child's time is utilised efficiently.

I find this newly launched "Tinkle Buddy Box" worth having this summers for loads of fun, learning and excitement. It's definitely a great way for engaging and thrilling experience during vacation time.





Priced at INR 1500, It is also available at a special discounted introductory price of INR 1199 on Amarchitrakatha website. I feel it's pretty reasonable looking at the contents and the usage. It is also available on major e-commerce websites and leading stores across the country.

About Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle

Amar Chitra Katha is India's largest selling comic book series that retell stories from the great Indian epics, mythology, history, folklore and fables in a comic book format. Founded in 1967 by "Anant Pai" in an attempt to keep Indian children aware of our cultural heritage is one of the leading children's brand today.

Tinkle is an Indian fortnightly magazine published in English and syndicated in many Indian languages. Tinkle enjoys great popularity among children and adults. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee has been a huge fan of Tinkle and its iconic characters Suppandi and Shikari Shambhu.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

"Its a matter of pride to be an Indian" #MoreIndianThanYouThink says Lufthansa!

When was the last time you really felt "It's a matter of pride to be called as an Indian"?

We always like to ape western culture, their style thinking they are superior than us. A thought of lagging behind that has creeped in for generations needs a new outlook today.

Times have changed, India has made its mark on the global calendar in terms of technology, world politics, art and cinema, infrastructure and sports.



The above TVC by Lufthansa with a tagline "More Indian Than You Think" speaks volumes about Indians and expresses how a heartfelt connection is the only way to win over an Indian. The world is celebrating India, our culture, the values and are being threatened by our centuries old legacy that we carry with us wherever we go as an Indian.

The Indian heritage has so much to offer to the world through its enriching knowledge, The epics from Indian Mythology like Mahabharata and Ramayana teaches us the life lessons of kindness, morality, love and sacrifice.

Indians have these values imbibed in them from the very beginning. However modern we might turn but we would never part ourselves from our identity of being an Indian and that's what makes us unique. India has always been a place of inspiration for foreign countries too. Be it our spiritual belief, our heritage, Ayurveda (the ancient medical science) our diverse music and dance, everything has inspired the western countries so much so that they want to adapt our ways of living to experience the fulfilling life.

Today India's global presence can be felt worldwide. People are well aware of the richness and the goodness our country has to offer. They appreciate the warmth, the ready to help nature, the welcoming approach that comes from our belief "Atithi Devo Bhav"




It isn't surprising that our hospitality is world famous so much so that a German airlines goes desi with their guest service approach.







Success doesn't come with money, it comes with the satisfaction of being able to help others. Today I feel so grateful to my parents who instilled those values in me that not only teach us how to be happy but teaches us a bigger lesson of life where we can deal with any amount of pressure, negativity, failure and still come as a winner.

Indians have the ability to fight the worst... they can accommodate themselves in any given situation, have faith in the supreme power that keeps them going.

We have seen the best and the worst too. We aren't blind to the realities of life and that's what makes us strong, giving, compassionate and loving towards others.

"There have been many instances where I have felt being an Indian has helped me deal with situations like non other. West live with rules. They cannot tolerate if a rule is broken even for the smallest of things like breaking a queue... how ever I feel our flexibility to be able to adapt to situations come in handy and we don't get bothered to break simple rules for someone's benefit."

They are stringent with their laws, we are more understanding and forgiving when it comes to a question of someone's life and death.

They go by the book, whereas we weigh the situation emotionally too.

We have reached the skies and made a mark with our scientific achievements but Indian soil keeps us grounded.

We might have traveled the world and lived in the best of places but nothing gives us the pleasure of being among the people we love. We crave to be with our parents and family on the festivals like, Eid, Holi and Diwali. Even the best of holiday destinations can not give the excitement of being with the family.

We might have eaten the best of dishes in the best of hotels but nothing can beat "Maa ke hath ka Khana" (Home cooked food).

That's the kind of love, care, respect and values we grow with. Parents mean the world to us and their blessings are what we pray for.

Our ideologies makes us different from the rest of the world and I truly feel pride in my identity of being an Indian because we are #MoreIndianThanYouThink

Lufthansa airlines sets the message across through their newly launched commercial that the world is turning #MoreIndianThanYouThink and the only way to defeat an Indian is to think like an Indian, eat like an Indian, relax like an Indian and if that isn't enough dance like an Indian too:)